Ukraine’s top military command said on Monday that its forces destroyed all 35 Iranian-made Shahed drones that Russia had launched overnight at different targets around the country.
“The Russian Federation [also] launched 16 missile strikes last night, in particular on the cities of Kharkiv, Kherson, Mykolaiv, and Odesa regions,” the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said in its daily update.
Tonight was one of the most intense attacks on Kyiv. Within 3.5 hours Air Defense Forces shot down 35 deadly Shahed drones. All that were launched. Russia increased the density of attacks, this it the fourth attack on the capital since the beginning of May. pic.twitter.com/ENQNyxYVDM
— Maria Avdeeva (@maria_avdv) May 8, 2023
It added that in addition, 61 airstrikes and 52 attacks from the heavy rocket salvo fire systems were launched over the past day on the positions of Ukrainian forces and populated areas.
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“Unfortunately, there are dead and wounded civilians, high-rise buildings, private homes, and other civilian infrastructure were damaged,” it said.
Kyiv’s Mayor Klitschko said that at least five people were injured in the capital amidst damage done to buildings and infrastructure.
Russia has also intensified shelling of Bakhmut hoping to take it by Tuesday, Ukraine’s top general in charge of the defense of the besieged city said, vowing to do everything to prevent it.